• Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Palantir Acquires Social Polling Startup Poptip

    Poptip, a startup that helps companies conduct social media surveys and analyze online conversations, just announced its team will be joining Palantir starting on August 1. I’ve emailed Palantir for confirmation and comment, and I’ll update if I hear back. Read More

  • Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    Eventbrite’s Power Duo Julia And Kevin Hartz Will Speak At Disrupt SF

    We’re thrilled to announce that Eventbrite co-founders Julia and Kevin Hartz will be joining us for an on-stage interview at Disrupt SF 2014 — the tickets for which are sold by Eventbrite, natch. Julia and Kevin Hartz are married now, but they weren’t when they paired up with Renaud Visage to start the incredibly popular self-service ticketing company that lets users… Read More

  • Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

    Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

    Google has rolled out a new look for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web app suite, with new homepages for each that present your content in a visual grid and that introduce just a hint of Material Design into the look and feel of the apps, with bold edge-to-edge fields of color and some basic animations. The new start pages for Docs, Sheets and Slides do make it a lot easier to find… Read More

  • Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

    The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More

  • Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2

    Twitter Picked Up 16M Active Users In Q2

    In its most recent quarter, Twitter didn’t just report stronger-than-expected financials. It also showed continued user growth, which has been an ongoing concern for the company. Twitter says there were an average of 271 million monthly active users, compared to 255 million in the first quarter of this year. (Of that total, 211 million active users were mobile, representing 78 percent of… Read More

  • Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US

    Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US

    Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends’ faces into the shutter button with today’s official release of its first standalone app Bolt, but only Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand will get this initial phase of the iOS and Android rollout. Designed for lightning-fast, ephemeral one-to-one video and photo messaging, Bolt was accidentally outed in promo… Read More

  • Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

    Twitter Skyrockets After Reporting Big Q2 Revenue Of $312M, Profit Of $0.02 Per Share

    This afternoon Twitter reported its second quarter financial performance, including revenue of $312 million, and earnings per share of $0.02. The street had expected Twitter to lose a penny per share on revenue of $283.07 million. Its revenue in the quarter was up 124 percent from the year-ago period. In the second quarter of 2013, Twitter’s revenue totaled $139.3 million. In its… Read More

  • Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

    Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

    There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment. Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in… Read More

  • Exchange Corp. Launches Cardless Payment Service With $3.3 Million Series A

    Exchange Corp. Launches Cardless Payment Service With $3.3 Million Series A

    The Japanese startup Exchange Corp. has launched a new up-front payment service for online retailers called Paidy as it closes on $3.3 million in new financing. Launched by Russell Cummer, a former trader with Goldman Sachs in Japan, Exchange Corp. began as a peer-to-peer lending service in Tokyo, but is expanding to offer up-front payments as the market for those services begins to blossom… Read More

  • Talk Private To Me: Free, Worldwide, Encrypted Voice Calls With Signal For iPhone

    Talk Private To Me: Free, Worldwide, Encrypted Voice Calls With Signal For iPhone

    Rejoice, O lovers of privacy! For Open WhisperSystems has released Signal for iPhone, which gives any and every iPhone wielder the power to fully encrypt their calls against prying ears — and is completely compatible with OWS’s time-tested and well-liked RedPhone for Android. Read More